McConnell on immigration: ‘Good luck to border communities’

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., leaves the chamber as the Senate holds the final vote to confirm Xavier Becerra, President Joe Biden's pick to be secretary of Health and Human Services, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, March 18, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., leaves the chamber as the Senate holds the final vote to confirm Xavier Becerra, President Joe Biden’s pick to be secretary of Health and Human Services, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, March 18, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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UPDATED 12:50 PM PT – Thursday, March 18, 2021

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has accused the Biden administration of endangering the health of border communities. On Thursday, McConnell spoke on the Senate floor and noted unaccompanied migrant children arrivals at the southern border were up more than 60 percent.

He blamed what he called Biden’s failed policies for the crisis, which has caused detention facilities to surpass capacity. McConnell said while American kids have been kept out of school during COVID, migrant children have been put in overcrowded conditions.

“And don’t forget, the administration policy directs CBP to release migrants on US soil while they await asylum rulings,” McConnell stated. “That’s without — without — a negative COVID test. So good luck to the communities on the border.”

McConnell added the situation at the border is not just a health and humanitarian crisis, but a security crisis as well. He noted four people arrested match names on the FBI terror watch list.

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